My Name is Laura, And I Have Free Time

Over at the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, Lisa Belkin posted this week about “Free Time For Parents.” Apparently, over in the UK, a supermarket chain called the Co-operative polled working parents about how they spent their time, and found out that their days, on average, looked like this:
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How Do You Get Your Best Ideas?

After talking with my BNET editor yesterday, I’ve been mulling a series called “My Best Idea(s).” The concept would be to interview various folks about how they got the breakthrough ideas that have made a big difference in their lives. Creativity is always a murky matter. We have various notions of it (“it just popped into my head!… read more »

Which is better? Batching tasks or bit by bit?

Around this time every year, I wallow in that grand freelance ritual of tallying receipts for my tax return. As a self-employed person, I can deduct a number of things as business expenses, and given that I live in an extremely high tax state and city, it really behooves me to do so.
Of course, that knowledge doesn’t mitigate the fact that I really hate doi… read more »

When projects take longer than planned

One of my favorite time management tips is to block various activities into your schedule, knowing exactly how long they will take. Almost all recurring events in life can be estimated fairly well. Traffic seems like a force of nature, yet long distance bus lines still manage to estimate their arrivals, based on the time of day. If I’ve done the basic re… read more »

The Round-up: Going "tiger mother" on your career

I had two posts over at BNET this week. The first was, I swear, the last thing I’m going to say about the “Tiger Mother.” There’s a lot of craziness about many parts of that story, but some interesting career advice, too, if you think about it. So I wrote a post called “How to go ‘tiger mother’ on your job performance… read more »